Strong Kids is a social-emotional curriculum designed to reduce students' externalizing and internalizing symptoms. Strong Kids has shown promise in elementary school, but this was the first study to evaluate the newly updated version of the intervention in a middle school setting. The curriculum was implemented by two general education teachers with students at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. A mixed method design was used to evaluate outcomes with eight middle school students. Overall findings suggest that Strong Kids was effective at improving students' social emotional knowledge and internalizing symptoms; however, there were no significant changes in students' externalizing symptoms. Teachers were able to implement the curriculum with fidelity. Teachers and students also found the curriculum to be predominantly positive. Future studies should include a larger sample size, control group, and follow up data points.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Neth, Erin Larsen, "Social-Emotional Learning in Middle School: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Strong Kids Program" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 8711.
social and emotional learning, middle school, internalizing and externalizing symptoms, Strong Kids